Fridays at Family Gym are now free!

Success By 6 funding has made Friday Family Gym offered through the City of Campbell River Recreation and Culture Department free

Success By 6 funding has made Friday Family Gym offered through the City of Campbell River Recreation and Culture Department free

“The more the merrier!”” sings Ushci Hanelt, the vibrant leader behind Family Gym.

Kids from “walking” to five years of age can bring their big people along to share an hour of fun and social gym time.

Hanelt and other Family Gym leaders, Carolyn Sharpe and Claudia Sylvester, put out mats, balls, climbers, ride ‘em toys, kid-sized hockey sticks, nets and more, and then the imaginative play begins.

Parents, grandparents and nannies enjoy the relaxed social atmosphere. It’s a great place for newcomers and new parents to meet other families, and it’s the perfect solution to a rainy day.  Rain or shine, it’s a hit with kids.

Daily physical activity is important for a child’s growth, development and overall health, and the benefits of active play include:

•    improved sleeping habits

•    reduced worry and improved ability for children to deal with stress

•    promotion of healthy eating

•    stronger heart, muscles and bones

•    enhanced social skills and confidence


Best of all, being active together provides family fun!

There are three times kids and their big people can play at Family Gym:

Mondays: 10:30-11:30 a.m. – free; Community Centre

Wednesdays: 10:30-11:30 a.m. ––– $3 for one child, $5 for two or more siblings; Community Centre

Fridays:  10:30-11:30 a.m. – free; Sportsplex.

For more details about this program or any other children and youth activities, check out the City of Campbell River Recreation Guide or call the Sportsplex, 250-923-7911 or Community Centre, 250-286-1161. The guide is online at Follow the links for residents or use the search bar.

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